Chittoor Kottaram ~ A Noble Retreat

A Maharani Tomberati Indian princess, I have never been, but never say never, as I lean against the strong balcony of the 400 year old mahogany summer home of a Maharaja- the place to myself. Four people sweetly look after me, while I try to look after a much neglected …

Cauliflower Paté with Turmeric and Chili

I love to play with my food. In this case, this doesn’t mean fondling, squishing it between my fingers or throwing it up in the air. It’s like painting. I like to have a a few raw ingredients in front of me and let my imagination go to town.What flavors …

Travel @ Home: Lamb Kitchari Congee

My good friend psychotherapist Renato Palma in Florence once told me, “Peggy, Peggy, non devi mai spiegarti”. You never have to explain yourself. As a southern girl, explaining yourself was a popular past time, whether any one wanted to listen or not. The bank teller, the checkout clerk, one’s father …

I see you. Let’s dance.

I see you. I feel you. How are you? We are experiencing a rare phenomena right now, no matter who you are or where you are. We are all in a similar boat moored in the harbor. There is a raging invisible storm and the harbor is the safest place …

Fall Book Reviews

  Towpath Recipes & Stories Lori de Mori & Laura Jackson My friend Lori de Mori has produced her fourth book –  it’s a cookbook, but it’s also a story about bravery, doing things right by one’s creed and letting everyone who resonates gather in person at her tiny café …

Magic Carpet Ride

It was four o’clock in the morning when we arrived in Essaouira after a 3 hour drive from Marrakech. The ride was epic for many reasons, not to mention having just arrived in the country for the first time ever. The moon lit palm trees, the odd camel, and men …

Once upon a time in Bangkok; momentarily revisited

What you see is more delicious than it looks. Larb is a Thai salad that I love to make in the summer. It’s cool, spicy and tangy.
Walking the streets of Bangkok in the heat begs you to duck into one of those small barely covered cafe’s and slurp spicy Tom yam Kung. So counter-intuitive to eat when you are dripping with sweat. But it works. The spice delights and cools you down. But sometimes, I prefer something a little meatier. A protein lift that is cool with generous lime, chili and cilantro. You fill a lettuce leaf and crunch into this juicy, limey, toothsome wrap, swigged with a frosty Thai beer and sigh. Ready to hit the streets refreshed. Tuk! Tuk!

1 pound of ground meat. It could be lamb, beef, chicken or turkey

1 or 2 serrano or jalapeño peppers

3 limes, juiced

1 fresh red onion, fresh if possible, cut in thin half moon slices. Half for sauteing, half for adding to the salad, raw.

1 bunch of cilantro, chopped finely

1 T olive oil

good salt and pepper

Put a drizzle of e.v.olive oil in a pan. Add half of the onion and sauté. Add the ground meat of your choice and brown.

Add salt and pepper . Put in a bowl.  Take the other ingredients that you have chopped and juiced and add them to the bowl. Correct for seasoning. Enjoy! Sawadee Ka!